Thursday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Song to Liverpool, Abel Hernandez to Hull
Hull City are set to splash the cash they received for Shane Long, as the Tigers are lining up Uruguayan international Abel Hernandez. The Palermo striker, 24, would be a club record signing for last seasons FA Cup runners up and would be a massive buy for Steve Bruce’s side. Speaking to reporters, Bruce confirmed the deal is close and Hernandez has already been seen at Hull’s training ground. With only Yannick Sagbo and Nikica Jelavic as recognized strikers at the KC Stadium, they need new additions for a potential Europa League push.
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According to the Daily Mail Sunderland are close to signing Inter Milan winger Ricky Alvarez on a season-long loan. The Argentina international will move to the Stadium of Light on a temporary basis and Gus Poyet’s side will then have the option of signing him permanently at the end of the season for $14 million. Alvarez, 26, is 6 foot 2 and will provide a touch of class on the flank for the Black Cats, he went to the World Cup with Argentina this summer and his signing would be somewhat of a coup for Sunderland.
Crystal Palace are closing in on re-signing winger Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United. Palace sold Zaha to United last season for $22 million but the England winger has failed to break through at Old Trafford and was loaned out to Cardiff City last season. It is believed that new Palace boss Neil Warnock has already spoken to Zaha about bringing him back to Selhurst Park on loan.
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Reports in England are linking Liverpool with signing FC Barcelona midfielder Alex Song. The former Arsenal player has been linked with Tottenham this week and is said to be out of Luis Enrique’s plans at the Nou Camp. Song, 26, is a holding midfielder and even though it seems like Liverpool are well stocked in that area with the likes of Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva, Welshman Joe Allen has been linked with a move away from Anfield so Song could arrive on loan from Barca to fill that void.
Finally, Lewis Holtby could be on his way out of Tottenham after failing to break into Mauricio Pochettino’s plans. Holtby, 23, could be heading back to the Bundesliga as the German international seeks first-team soccer. Hamburg are said to be keen on taking the attacking midfielder on loan, while Holtby just wants to play. The London Evening Standard believe a deal is close.
Don’t forget to tune in to the “Transfer Deadline Day Show” on NBCSN (Monday, 6-8 p.m. ET).